West Ham news: Flaherty wants to quit giants for Irons

By Wayne Veysey

1st Oct, 2019 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Teen attacker tells friends he wants to quit PL giants & join West Ham

Arsenal teenager Stan Flaherty has told friends he is keen to join West Ham after impressing during an ongoing trial, Football Insider understands.

The Gunners attacking midfielder, 17, has played twice for the Hammers Under-18s and marked his debut with a two-goal showing against Norwich City.

A West Ham source source has told Football Insider that the club’s academy staff are interested in exploring a deal for Flaherty but have yet to definitely make up their mind.

The youngster has told pals he is eager to make the short move across London a permanent one as he is an Irons fan and believes he has more chance to break through there than at Arsenal.

The teenager’s future is up in the air even though he has just started the second year of a two-year Gunners scholarship signed in the summer of 2018.

Flaherty has headed to the east London club with a view to a transfer after being given the go-ahead by Arsenal.

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The youngster joined Arsenal from Watford when he was 11 and has progressed through the ranks to the point where he has made 14 appearances for the Premier League giants’ Under-18s.

He scored twice on his West Ham bow for the Under-18s in a 4-1 win over Norwich, but fared less well in a 2-1 Premier League Cup triumph for the same team against Tottenham last weekend.

The decision on whether to table an offer for the rising star will rest with the Hammers’ academy coaches.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have tabled a James Collins offer.